Sunday, December 28, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Good job TCU 2nd year interior design students!
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Participating in the local Urban Sketchers activities is so invigorating and fulfilling. While my sketching ability has deterioriated without my continued practice, every time I attend I become inspired to spend more time in this important activity. Learning to draw is really about learning to see more thoroughly and spending quality time with the subject matter. This past Saturday, a group of about 12 braved the cool, cloudy weather and ventured downtown to Sundance Square. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was able to visit with several designer-types! I met architect Bob Smith, and it was delightful to see TCU student Christina Catterson and fellow TCU teacher Doug Vail participating. I want to do more of this.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Wow, what an amazing and eventful summer!
Alec graduated from high school.
I traveled to Colorado, Wyoming, Belize, Hondurus, Cozumel, and of course DENTON.
Last Thursday I received an amazing and prestigious National ASID Chapter Educator Medalist award at the Legacy of Design awards in Dallas.
Alec left Sunday morning for UNT. School starts Monday for both of us.
I finished all of my required CEUs in health, safety, and welfare in order to maintain my RID with a couple of extra to spare while at MetroCon, in Dallas last week.
I've been forcibly slowed by a 9 mm kidney stone that was blasted by sound waves (lithotripsy) very early this morning. I'm glad to have that behind me, whew! I look forward to feeling better.
I am so hopeful about a positive year teaching at TCU since we have new leadership in the department and the resignation of a negative influence. I also have a workable teaching schedule, finishing at 11 am everyday. I still need to complete my teaching & creative portfolios by mid-September - doable! Some very good things on the horizon for the Shannons and Inside Inc. Some really outstanding projects on the boards and on a waiting list.
Here's to looking forward.
Friday, July 18, 2014
I received amazing news this week. While at the Green Mountain Ranch Fellowship, I gave a presentation on a universally designed project that my firm Inside Inc. completed. I was assisted in the creation of this lecture by Amy Roehl, Associate Professor at TCU and a valued colleague. Amy was the videographer. Cynthia Leibrock, the fellowship leader and respected researcher, practitioner, and author in the field, has asked to utilize the presentation in a course that she teaches at Harvard next week!
I can't think of many things that would excite me more ..... except that she has invited me to be a guest lecturer in the Harvard course next year.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Check out 3rd year student Rachel Frazier's project completed as a learning exercise in Photoshop & InDesign. The interior renderings and the floor plan and furniture arrangement were completed in another class last semester. This semester the students rendered the plan and elevations with materials using Photoshop, and composed the board using InDesign. Great job. Rachel!
Monday, May 5, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
Interior Design - Publications
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I learned about so many new techniques of categorizing, saving, transmitting, organizing all sorts of data - whether images, quotations, invoices, fabric images and the like. It may take me weeks to integrate all of this into my practice. I also got to see some great products in the design showroom that hosted the event! Take a look at the amazing chandelier represented by the showroom - a show stopper!
Monday, April 14, 2014
I care about the long-term success of my students - to help them develop habits and resources that will serve them in their future.
I care about the long-term outcome of my clients' projects - that the design, materials, and selections are still beautiful and functional years later.
I care about the relationships in my life; with friends, colleagues, and family. Really, what could be more important? I continue in friendships and associations with people I have known for as long as forty years, and family I've known all my life - and they are special, priceless, immeasurable in importance to me. And, I am grateful for their presence over the long-term in my life.
When you fear, trust. Let your faith be greater than your doubt. Be a courageous lion. A pair of these lions stand outside the Museum of the Art Institute in Chicago. I love predatory cats; jaguars, pumas, leopards, panthers, bobcats, ocelots! They all fascinate me. Particulary their eyes; their alertness and intensity - their singularity of purpose when they are on the hunt. From the book Art & Fear by Bayles and Orland:
"We're all subject to a familiar and universal progression of human troubles - troubles we routinely survive, but which are (oddly enough) routinely fatal to the art-making process. To survive as an artist requires confronting these troubles. Basically, those who continue to make art are those who have learned how to continue - or more precisely, have learned how to not quit."
Those who know me, know how tenacious I am in almost all aspects of life. One of my best qualities, but it can also be one of my worst - sometimes I don't know when to give up and let go. So, when I don't feel confident, or I am unsure of the path set before me, I picture a guileful cat in pursuit of its desires. Some things won't get caught, but perhaps they are still worth pursuing! And, perhaps I will achieve my goal next time.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
I am really looking forward to attending this conference this week. I also enjoy Chicago. When I last attended a couple of years ago, it was held at Penn State. Their architecture school facilities where amazing, and I heard and gathered great ideas and innovations in teaching design!
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
I'm developing a new website that features my academic activities along with my interior design work. It is a work in progress, so check back often for updates.